Something is fishy as hell about this attempted coup. Who holds a coup when the president is on vacation and not easily found? Or doesn't immediately seize key buildings? Or doesn't shut down state broadcasters and other media? Who doesn't proclaim a new leader or group thereof immediately? Likewise, half the military forces (who were busy going to irrelevant places) looked more confused and half-hearted than anything.
Either the people who did this were unbelievably stupid and incompetent or this was actually orchestrated by Erdogan to consolidate power.
Beyond this, a couple of things interest me. Firstly, because Erdogan will capitalise on this, it really means the death of the Middle Eastern secular democracy. Surrounding nations have fallen or been pushed one by one, but this is particularly symbolic since Ataturk was ahead of his time; now his vision and legacy both lie in tatters.
Secondly, although it could be argued that the West previously played a cynical game in interacting with Middle Eastern dictators, we're entering a new phase. It might be one thing to have to deal with the aftermath of the Arab Spring, but this is something else. Turkey has the second largest forces in NATO and it has aspirations of being in the EU. Both NATO and the EU are going to have to deal with an openly and increasingly Islamist state within their ranks or on their borders. This is not some faraway thing now. In many ways, it's actually symbolic of a bigger change in general, of a clash of civilisations and of the continued crumbling of the post-WW2, liberal democratic world order.
Still, I guess at least our enemies will be more out in the open now and there will be fewer pretenses to the contrary.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell